homage to lonely, part I — stations and trains

23Jul09

That the eye of the city dweller is overburdened with protective functions is obvious.  Georg Simmel refers to some less obvious tasks with which it is charged.  “The person who is able to see but unable to hear is much more . . . troubled than the person who is able to hear but unable to see.  Here is something . . . characteristic of the big city.  The interpersonal relationships of people in big cities are characterized by a markedly greater emphasis on the use of the eyes than on that of the ears.  This can be attributed chiefly to the institution of public conveyances.  Before buses, railroads, and streetcars became fully establised during the nineteenth century, people were never put in a position of having to stare at one another for minutes or even hours on end without exchanging a word.”

— Walter Benjamin, “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire”

Photo information, by order of appearance, including locations, cameras, lenses, and film type.

1) Ishibashi Station, Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, Fujifilm Natura 1600

2) Ishibashi Station, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fujifilm Superia 400

3) Kanazawa Station, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Kodak 400VC

4) Hankyu Umeda Station, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, unknown film

5) Unknown station, Osaka Municipal Subway, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, unknown film

6) Kintetsu Namba Station, Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, Fujifilm Provia 400

7) Shibahara Station, Robot 3 (toy camera), unknown 400 ASA film

8) Hankyu Umeda Station, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Centuria 400

9) Shinjuku Station, Odakyu Line, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji Superia 400

10) Nakazaki-cho Station, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, unknown film

11) Senrichuou Station (subway line), Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, unkown film

12) Himeji Station, Fuji FinePix F601



6 Responses to “homage to lonely, part I — stations and trains”

  1. 1 Terrance

    Nice lighting and good use of wide angle lenses. And of course I love the fluorescent desolateness of most of the shots. Keep it up, man. I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff that makes me want to get back into photography…

  2. 2 Mia

    Gorgeous and evocative, Trane. I especially like the shot second from the top.

  3. 3 meatshake

    Awesome! What were these shot with? Some kind of super wide-angle?

  4. 4 Trane DeVore

    Terrance — I have learned to love fluorescent lighting on film since moving to Japan. Back in the States I always hated how ‘artificial’ and ‘unnatural’ it looked, but now those are exactly the qualities that I love about it. And, yeah, get thyself back to the photography.

    Mia — That second shot is taken at one of my local stations (Ishibashi). There’s a street that crosses the tracks right there and it’s a shot I’ve been meaning to take for a long time and have finally (just recently) got around to taking.

    meatshake — I added a guide to the photographs at the bottom of the post with explanations of camera type, lens type, and film type. And you’re totally right — most of these were shot with a Voigtlander 15mm Heliar lens, which is pretty wide. Sorry about all of those “unknown” films — I don’t always record the film I used when it gets to the point of digitization. Most of those unknown films are probably rolls of Superia 400, the film I most often use.

  5. 5 Karen Hess

    These are SO amazing–I love them.

  6. 6 Trane DeVore

    Karen — Thanks! I’m glad that you like them, and it was nice of you to leave such a nice comment too.


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